Obesity in the elderly REDUCES dementia risk

Yep, you read the title correctly.A new study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine looked at adults (average age 55 at baseline) over 20 years and found that:- adults who were underweight during middle age were 34% more likely to have dementia- middle-aged adults' risk declined as their BMI increased- severely obese adults were 29% less likely to develop dementiaThis was after accounting for other factors, like smoking and drinking alcohol.Here's what I read:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/292200.php...more

Obese kids' brains light up more than fit kids' brains when consuming sugar

If you ever doubted that sugar is addictive, here are two pieces of evidence:1. Watch this very short video with Deepak Chopra explaining that there are large corporations who hire scientists whose ONLY job is to find ways to make us more addicted to sugar, fat and salt.http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/642124.htm ...more

Long-term study on exercise improving kids' cognitive skills

There have been quite a few short-term studies on exercise and improved cognitive skills, but these researchers wanted a long-term study that proved causation (not just association). So they went to an elementary school and recruited 220 kids between 8 and 9. (This is thought to be an important age because it's when the brain "experiences a leap" in executive function.)...more

Body fat and your brain

Ready to lose some weight? Good, because so is your brain. Losing weight- by exercise OR surgery- can reverse the negative effects that body fat has on the brain. Here are some interesting points:1. If you're obese, you have a 35% higher chance of developing Alzheimer's-compared to your peers of "normal" weight....more

The influence of siblings on your weight

My son is relatively fit. He gets plenty of fresh air and exercise (way more than I do), and he likes to show me his "big muscles." As parents, we are trying to reinforce the idea of staying healthy. We are slowly winning him over - not to the point of eating vegetables - but our son definitely requests that we run around outside, go swimming, ride bikes and do other activities that are really active. ...more

Obese children slower to recognize and correct their errors

It seems like every day there's a new finding linking weight and cognition in some way.This latest one is a study from the University of Illinois that found that obese children don't recognize and correct their errors as quickly as healthy-weight kids....more

Weight & Pregnancy, or The Curse of the Junk In the Trunk

So as we have discussed before weight is a factor in a successful pregnancy (duh).  So with me "passing inspection" this is the last hurdle.  Fertility clinics have strict rules about BMI (this was one of the 'rules' clinics have accepting you as a patient) and, despite the fact you can be in pretty great health- weight withstanding, they can decline to inseminate you if you are not at or under the BMI cap....more

PCOS: Or How to Ruin a Girl's Day

Everything in our journey to begin artificial insemination has been fab until yesterday.  I was diagnosed with PCOS.  I have always struggled with weight and irregular periods so this makes sense.  But it doesn't make it any easier.  My post covers this with a witty tie to a 19th century novel.  Stay with me....more

Don't Get Cancer if You're Obese: Short-Changing Chemotherapy

Imagine being diagnosed with cancer, going through grueling chemotherapy treatments, and discovering that the therapy wasn't successful... due to a withholding of the proper chemotherapy dose.  For 40% of obese patients, that nightmare is a reality when they receive 85% of the necessary dose due to their weight. ...more
Obesity and Chemotherapy, a subject that has received allot more attention these last few years ...more

Health Salad: a Roundup of Health News

In the past two days, I've bookmarked a lot of interesting health-related articles.  They run the gamut from the brain to weight to cancer... in other words, a holistic health salad looking at all parts of the human body. ...more
I could only hear the first one, so I'm not dead anyway!more